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University of St. Thomas’ Special $2.4 Million Night Brings Boyz II Men and Power Priests to Houston

Dream Auction Includes a Priceless Holy Roman Holiday With Pope Access

BY // 05.10.22

What: The University of St. Thomas 75th anniversary gala

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston

PC Moment: Let’s start with the record breaking $2.4 million proceeds and saluting hive fives to chair Trini Mendenhall and her host committee who insured that this night would soar. And it did. R&B chart-toppers Boyz II Men rocked the ballroom with classics including “End of the Road,” “A Song for Mama” and “Motownphilly.” Even a number of the priests in the throng of 1,000 raised their smartphones to capture the performance.

The event broke both University of St. Thomas attendance and fundraising records.

Boys II Men perform at the University of St. Thomas 75th Anniversary Gala at the Hilton Americas Houston (Dave Rossman photo)
Boys II Men perform at the University of St. Thomas 75th Anniversary Gala at the Hilton Americas Houston (Dave Rossman photo)

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, in from his base in Vancouver, Canada, was honored for his leadership and service as the seventh president of the University of St. Thomas. Among the many highlights of his career with the university was his shepherding the significant capital campaign which completed the Academic Mall and led UST soundly into the 21st century.

Recognized by University of St. Thomas president Richard Ludwick as Outstanding Alumni Champions were Aileen McCormick, MBA ’86, and Andy McCormick, Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, MBA ’04, and Kathy ’69 and Joe Ridley ’69.

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Fundraising was aided by the live auction that included a four carat diamond bracelet from Zadok Jewelers in celebration of the university’s diamond anniversary; a six-night stay in the Mendenhall home in Rosemary Beach, Florida; and a priceless Holy Roman Holiday featuring behind-the-scenes access to the Vatican with Archbishop Miller and a private audience with Pope Francis. In addition, the Hildebrand Foundation committed a $100,000 match to the paddles up appeal for student scholarships.

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